Lara Trump was seen mocking Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s stutter at a campaign event in Iowa, apparently marking the latest attack from President Donald Trump’s team to his potential 2020 opponent.
Lara, who is married to Donald’s son Eric, was speaking at a “Women for Trump” event when she referenced his difficulties with stuttering. Biden has been open about the work he put into overcoming his speech impediment and has put efforts into helping children who deal with similar challenges.
As The Hill noted, Trump said she pitied Biden’s difficulties with public speaking, but also appeared to mock him by saying “let’s get the words out.”
Here’s @LaraLeaTrump at Trump event in Iowa mocking Biden for stuttering: "I feel kind of sad for Biden ... I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time they turn to him I'm like, 'Joe can you get it out? Let's get the words out Joe.’” pic.twitter.com/0inN9wXYJF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 17, 2020
The video drew some viral interest online, with many sharing and criticizing the president’s daughter-in-law for her attack on Biden. Some commented that it seemed unnecessarily personal and appeared to borrow from Donald Trump’s style of launching biting attacks against opponents, including mocking their manner of speech or physical appearance.
Lara Trump is not the first one of the president’s surrogates to mock Biden’s stutter. After a presidential debate in December, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to mock the former vice president for telling a story about working with children who struggled with stuttering.
“I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about,” Sanders wrote.
Biden shot back on Twitter, quoting the tweet before it had been deleted.
“I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter,” he answered. “And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up.”
After the response, Sanders deleted her post and offered an apology, saying she did not know that he had overcome such a condition and adding it was “commendable” that he worked hard to do so. However, she was still harshly criticized for her comments.
Lara Trump has also been a vocal defender of her father-in-law in the past. Late last month, she took to Instagram to share a photo of the president in front of an American flag with his fists raised in an apparent fighting stance. She referred to her father-in-law’s critics as “losers,” captioning a post that came amid his impeachment. She has also become a fixture on the campaign trail, appearing at events and serving as one of the most visible female surrogates for the president.